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Maintaining Your Pool After Freezing Conditions

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It’s that time of year again when the outdoor temperature will begin to swan dive right on down to freezing or below freezing levels. While it’s still certainly possible to keep your pool up and running during these colder months, extra care needs to be taken to prepare your pool both during and after a hard freeze to avoid costly damage to the pool and its components.

 

Follow Proper Pool Care Procedures

Are wintery conditions in the upcoming forecast? There are many things you can do to prepare your pool for the frigid temperatures ahead.

  • Make sure the water is balanced.
  • Check your skimmer and pump baskets. Clean them if necessary.
  • If the pool won’t be in use, remove all unnecessary equipment from the pool.
  • If snow is in the forecast, place a tarp over your equipment. It should be high enough for you to place a drop light beneath it (the light will add warmth), though be sure the drop light is placed far away from any plastic components, pipes, and combustible material.

 

For Pools That Are Still Running During a Freeze

Moving water can’t freeze, so the first step is to make sure your filtration and auxiliary pool pumps are running continuously. Many pumps have a built-in freeze guard that will automatically kick into action once the outside air reaches a certain temperature.

You can test your freeze guard by using plastic tongs to place an ice cube inside or next to its copper coil. If working correctly, the freeze guard should start your pool pump within 5 minutes.

It’s important to remember that you don't need to run your heater to prevent your pool water from freezing. In fact, running your heater in freezing conditions can cause substantial damage to the unit.

If your pool has ice on its surface, break it up so that the skimmers and skimmer doors are kept clear. The skimmer doors can be removed if it’s not possible to keep ice out of the way.  Adjusting the jets in your pool upwards and using swimming pool antifreeze will also help put a stop to any surface freezing.

Maintaining proper pool chemistry and water levels are crucial during the cooler months of the year. By keeping your water at the middle of the tile line, you’re preventing your pumps from drawing damaging cold air in through the skimmers.

It’s also a good idea to cover your pool when it’s not in use. A sturdy pool cover will both keep debris out of your water and maintain a higher pool water temperature, reducing the risk of the water freezing.

 

For Pools That Aren’t Running or Lose Power During a Freeze

If you experience a loss of power, start off by turning off all circuit breakers leading to your pool equipment. Then head out to the pool and open up the filter air bleed valve (you can use warm water to dislodge any ice that may be in the way).

Remove all drain plugs from the bottom of your pool pump and the drain filter, and take off all winterizing plugs/open drain valves to remove any excess water (you can place the plugs in the pump basket) and then loosely replace the lid. Adjust your valves to their middle positions as this will allow your pool water to flow back into the pool.

If you have any pipes that can’t be drained, it’s a good idea to protect those pipes with electrical heat strips, which can be found at a local hardware store. Pools with electronic ignition heaters should be covered with a blanket for an added layer of insulation. When you cover your pool with a sturdy cover, it should be well protected from freezing.

 

What to Do When Warm Weather Returns

All of your efforts in maintaining your pool during cooler weather will certainly pay off when the warm weather returns! As you’ll find, well cared for pools during the winter require minimum effort when hotter days make their much welcomed comeback.

Start by removing dirt and debris from your pool cover and the surrounding area. Check the your pool’s water levels and use your garden hose to top it off if necessary. Replace all plugs and lids, rebalance your water, run your pump for at least 24 hours and your pool should be ready to use and enjoy once more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

How to Make Your Backyard Part of Thanksgiving

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There are many things to give thanks for, and one thing that we here in Tampa Bay should be thankful for is that we live in a gorgeous part of the country where we can often enjoy Thanksgiving in the backyard.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family out in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to make the holiday more memorable this year. Here are just a few ideas on how to create an unforgettable day for your loved ones while enjoying your holiday.

 

Decorate Your Outdoor Living Area

Spruce up your outdoor living space with festive fall-themed decorations. Hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows and flowers in autumnal shades (think reds, oranges and yellows) are all great choices.

Because the sun is setting earlier these days, string some white or orange lights around trees and other outdoor living features. You can also change the color of the lights in your pool, or, depending on your in-pool lighting system, you can put together a dynamic light show to dazzle your guests!

 

Watch Football in your Outdoor Living Room

Watching football on Thanksgiving afternoon is holiday staple in many homes. If you already have a television outside, then this one's easy, otherwise you can set up a large screen (a weighted white shower curtain or sheet will work in a pinch) and a projector so your guests can watch the game on a big screen while out in the yard or enjoying the pool.

 

Add Cooking Surfaces to your Outdoor Kitchen

Be prepared for the many dishes you'll be cooking outside by building or bringing in extra cooking surfaces. This is especially true if you plan on smoking your delicious turkey on the grill since doing that will keep it occupied for the next several hours.

 

Enjoy an Al Fresco Thanksgiving

Nothing is more enjoyable than dining under our wide open Florida skies. Set up the Thanksgiving table outside beneath a pergola or another covered area. If you want to create a separate dining space for the kids and the adults, place the children's table out on the deck or patio. That way you can finally have some uninterrupted talk time.

 

Desserts by the Fire

The festivities may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you have to hunker down indoors. Grab a few blankets and take your desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate out to your outdoor fireplace or fire pit so you can watch the stars twinkle in the night sky. Better yet, start a new tradition with fireside Thanksgiving s’mores. Add a little pumpkin pie filling or small slivers of pumpkin pie in between your graham cracker, chocolate squares and marshmallow for a little extra fun on this classic recipe.

 

Custom Pool Designs from Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a Tampa Bay pool building firm that specializes in designing and building custom poolscapes and outdoor living spaces in Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. Let us help with your backyard transformation! Contact us today or give us a call at (813) 684-3639.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Maintaining Your Pool in the Fall

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Luckily for those of us in warmer regions, there’s really no reason to “close” our pools during the colder months. There are a number of advantages to this, such as preserving the health of pumps and motors and being able to use the pool as a centerpiece for entertaining even if it’s too cold to swim. However, keeping the pool open also means the need to maintain proper water chemistry throughout fall and winter.

 

How Often Should I Maintain My Pool?

For most, a weekly or bi-weekly maintenance schedule is more than sufficient, as long as you're thorough every time.  

TIP:  If you don't have time (or desire) to maintain your pool as often as necessary, consider hiring a pool care company.

 

What Fall Pool Maintenance Should I Be Performing?

When maintaining your pool during the “off season,” pool owners should, for the most part, follow the same basic procedures that they would during the rest of the year:

 

  • Test the water chemistry: Even if the pool is seldom used, it's important to ensure that the chemistry of the water is balanced so that the chemicals continue to keep harmful bacteria and algae at bay
  • Clean the water line:  Not only are “rings” around the pool unattractive, but those rings are a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria
  • Brush and vacuum the pool: If left uncovered, you'll likely need to still vacuum your pool once a week (if not more, if you have falling leaves in your yard).  You may only need to brush your pool bi-weekly
  • Check the equipment: You need to regularly make sure that all of the pumps and motors are performing as they should. It's also important to pull out the filters and give them a good cleaning every one to two weeks

 

Once you decide on your pool maintenance schedule, make sure to stick with it. As the temperature, sunlight, and a number of other environmental factors tend to fluctuate in the fall and winter months, your pool is more prone to having improper chemistry levels. This could result in damage to the finish of the pool, to the fixtures within it, and make it more difficult to get the water back to acceptable levels when you're ready to jump in come spring.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions on fall pool maintenance.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Joys of Owning a Pool in the Fall

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Take a peek outside your window and you'll certainly see that fall is finally here. The leaves are turning from green to rich red and golden hues, the winds have kicked it up a notch, and the air is crisp and refreshing.

While you may not think about swimming in your pool during these cooler autumn months, your pool can still bring a load of fun and enjoyment this season. Here are some of the reasons why we love owning a pool in fall:

 

A Reason to Get out and Play

With the temperatures taking a dip, it's not uncommon for a lot of us to spend more time indoors than out. If you have a pool in the backyard, however, you have an excellent excuse to venture outside to swim, play or go for a float on a warm autumn afternoon.

Having a pool heater is a great way to extend your swim season and get some much-needed exercise during the fall and winter. Look into your heating options like electric, gas and solar heat if you'd like to use your pool all year 'round.

 

An Excuse to Fire up the Grill

Is there any greater joy than enjoying food that has been cooked to perfection as you sit in the warmth of fall's golden sunset?

You probably don't need an excuse to strike up the barbecue, but if you needed a reason, fall is the ideal time to cook outside. You won't be sweltering under a hot summer sun as you cook, and you'll be able to take in the relaxing sounds of nature since your neighbors have likely packed up and moved indoors for the season.

 

A Natural Focal Point

Our eyes are naturally drawn to bodies of water, including your swimming pool. If you have water features, fire features, and other gorgeous landscaping surrounding your poolscape, then it will continue to serve as a focal point in your backyard regardless of the season.

Owning a pool in fall also means that you can dress up, or dress down, your pool for the upcoming holidays. Hay bales, scarecrows and pumpkins (both inside and outside of the pool) all make for fantastic outdoor fall decor surrounding your poolscape.

 

Interested in Owning a Pool in Fall? Now's the Best Time to Get One!

Building and owning a pool in fall means being able to take advantage of a number of incredible benefits, like:

  • Access to the best pool builders (pool builders are less busy during the fall)
  • Reduced rates and better discounts
  • Several months to plan and properly landscape your property

Interested in building a new pool? Give Tampa Bay Pools a call at (813) 684-3639! Our award-winning Tampa Bay and Clearwater pool builders will gladly provide you with a free quote for your dream poolscape today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

How Do I Get Started Building My Pool?

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In a world where comparing costs can be as easy as a few clicks, many homeowners interested in building a backyard pool start their search by requesting online bids from a variety of pool construction companies. While this may sound logical, it can actually get you off on the wrong foot because it might result in an unrealistic expectation. To get an accurate and reliable quote it’s important to have a pool company come to your property for an on-site consultation. They should inspect the proposed building site and listen to your wants and needs before quoting you a price.  

 

Know What You Want

By scheduling an on-site consultation before you begin to seriously think about your budget, you'll be able to get a better feel for what you actually want out of your new pool. Maybe even more important, you’ll learn from your pool expert what makes the most sense logistically (and economically) based on the characteristics of your property.

An on-site consultation will also help you picture in your mind what your new outdoor living space will look like. You'll also be able to get an idea of what features and designs most interest you and decide what’s an absolute must and what’s a would-be-nice. Also, it’s important to have a trusted and established pool company that won’t pressure you into spending more than you want. Talking face-to-face will help you “get a feel” for the pool company.

 

Ask About Qualifications

It’s also very important to choose a pool company that’s affiliated with major industry and trade groups that hold its members to a high standard of quality. Some qualifications that you may come across include:

  • Certified Building Professional (CBP)
  • The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
  • National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPA)
  • The Associated General Contractors of America

 

A Long-Term Relationship

Regardless of how much it costs to build your pool, if you sign a contract with a pool builder who isn't a good fit, then you're bound to have a negative experience. The contractor should listen and understand your vision for your backyard, while also actively contributing expert advice or constructive suggestions to improve the finished product or help you spend your budget more effectively.

Choosing a pool builder with an excellent reputation built over a long period of time will ensure that you have a reliable partner for years to come.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Why You Should Be Swimming

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Besides being just plain fun, it’s well known that swimming is a great way to stay in shape. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities and is a total body workout. Swimming improves both strength and flexibility with little to no impact on joints. Because of the many health benefits of swimming, it should be a part of everyone’s fitness routine.

 

Swimming is Good for the Heart

All exercise is good for the heart, but swimming provides high intensity with low impact. That means all the benefits of jogging without the pounding on knees and ankles. Swimming can lower blood pressure, help with cholesterol, and increase your metabolism – all things that are great for heart health!

 

Swimming Reduces Stress

Swimming helps you relax in many ways. First of all, simply being in the water can help daily stresses float away. Swimming also helps muscles to relax and can ease tension in the body. Stiff necks and tight shoulders will loosen up from just a short time in the water. On top of that, many people find the rhythmic movement of swimming to be a meditative experience. 

 

Swimming is Good for the Lungs

Swimming is a terrific aerobic exercise. It increases lung capacity while training your body to use oxygen more efficiently. Breathe easier by making swimming part of your fitness routine.  

 

Swimming is Good for Pain Relief

Buoyancy in the water means less pressure on bones and joints and swimming improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles that support them. Being in the water also reduces pressure on the spine and can help with lower back pain. For low-impact fitness with a high impact on pain relief, swimming is a great choice.

 

Fall is the Best Time to Build a Pool

It makes sense that people stop thinking about swimming pools as soon as summer over. So it also makes sense that fall is the best time to build a pool. Pool builders aren’t as busy and pool construction can be done on your schedule. Less demand could also mean some savings. Plus, your new pool will get done faster.

Don’t be like everyone else and wait for spring. Schedule your FREE on-site consultation today to beat the crowd and enjoy looking forward to an amazing spring.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Top 10 Awesome Swimming Pool Features to Add to Your Tampa Bay Poolscape

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Exciting new features and fresh designer touches can transform your swimming pool and spa into a custom haven of fun and relaxation designed just for you! From bold fire elements casting sparkling reflections to bubbling waterfalls to energy-saving LED Color lighting that you can control from your phone, you can add both style and functionality to your outdoor living space. Tampa Bay Pools has been designing pools and outdoor living spaces since 2001, so we know a thing or two about swimming pool features.

Below are just a few of our favorite features that are sure to bring attention, and fun, to your backyard.

 

1. The Custom Grotto

Let’s face it. We all still enjoy having a secret get-a-way like when we were kids. Custom caves and grottos can be added to pools, creating a private space in which to chill out, get away from it all or simply hide. Done right, they can provide a feeling of being miles away in a secluded oasis of your own. Besides they’re just plain fun!

 

2. The Waterfall

Is any swimming pool feature as idyllic as the waterfall? A well-designed and built waterfall will add a striking and very unique feature to your swimming pool, while the sound of the bubbling, free-flowing water brings a sense of peace and serenity.

 

3. The Fountain

Fountains can be as basic or as ornate as you choose. They are a great way to customize your poolscape and create a signature design in your backyard, possibly becoming a much-needed focal point for your design aesthetic. Like waterfalls, fountains add moving water to your poolscape to bring another dimension of sight and sound. Don’t forget to take advantage of available spectacular fountain lighting to create a nighttime fantasy.

 

4. The Sheer Descent

Sheer descents are a popular choice for modern pools because of their crisp lines and sleek edges. They give many of the benefits of fountains and waterfalls while keeping the swimming pool minimalist, modern and a much smaller price tag. Available in various lengths and ability to be lit from inside, they can be placed almost anywhere in the pool and add the sound and beauty of a smooth sheet of falling water.  

 

5. The Beach Entry

Swapping out pool steps and ladders with a gently sloped beach entry has been a popular pool design trend throughout Florida for a number of years, especially for those who want an easier access point. This attractive pool renovation pool renovation can include a transition of materials from dry to wet. At the same time, it provides a dual-purpose; easy access and a comfortable place to cool off without having to actually get in the pool.

 

6. The Tanning Ledge

The tanning ledge, also known as the baja reef or shamu shelf, is a fun swimming pool feature perfect for lounging and soaking up some much needed vitamin D. For those with little ones, it can serve as a great spot to splash and play with youngsters without wading into the deeper water. With the addition of an umbrella and a couple of lounge chairs, you’ll find yourself transport to a Caribbean island. Oh, waiter!

 

7. The Swim-Up Bar

Who wants to get out of the pool to eat or drink? Popular at many resorts, the swim-up bar with built-in bar stools is a fun and unique element to add to your pool. It’s a way to enjoy the water while also enjoying a drink or snack. Connect it to an outdoor and kitchen and you’ve got the ultimate party space.

 

8. Pool Mosaics

Adding a pool mosaic as part of your renovation project will make your swimming pool uniquely you. From geometric designs to animals to favorite sports team logos, pool mosaics allow you to express your individuality. They can even be custom designed to be almost anything you like.

 

9. The Fire Pit

Add a whole different dynamic to your backyard with a firepit. Perfect for cool nights, they add light and warmth to your backyard. A firepit will quickly become the go-to place for your guests during any party. Concerned that you don’t have a lot of room? No problem. Look into a zero elevation firepit where you can turn it on during cool evenings or place a lounge chair over it when not in use.

 

10. The Lighting

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to showcase your poolscape is to upgrade your pool lighting. Plus, by upgrading to LED lighting, you’ll be doing both your wallet and the environment a favor. Lighting styles and options have greatly expanded over the years to let you control the colors and mood of your backyard. Talk to one of our design specialists to learn more about the near endless possibilities for your pool.

Tampa Bay Pools has built a reliable reputation in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas to create beautiful swimming pools and outdoor living spaces that incorporate all of these unique features. If you’re looking to incorporate one into your new project, contact us today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Everything You Heard About Owning a Pool is Wrong

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Everyone loves to jump in the pool and cool off during hot summer days, but many people shy away from actually owning their own Tampa Bay swimming pool. Often, this is due to several misconceptions about owning a pool which simply are not true and should not scare you away from building your dream backyard.

When these popular myths about pool ownership are debunked by the professionals at Tampa Bay Pools, you can look forward to swimming and relaxing through many summers to come.

 

The Swimming Pool Construction Process is Long

You might have heard horror stories about pools taking forever to be built, but these exceptions are very far from the rule. The truth is that the swimming pool construction process usually takes less than a few months, all the way from design to completion. When you think about all that goes into building a swimming pool and making sure it’s all done right, that’s really not long at all. Especially when you end up with a beautiful backyard that will bring your family years of fun and relaxation.   

 

Swimming Pool Maintenance is a Hassle

Yes, pools do require a minimum level of maintenance in order to keep things clean and running properly, but it certainly is not as time-consuming as some would lead you to believe. In fact, there’s hardly any more maintenance needed for a swimming pool than a well-cared-for front lawn. Dedicating just a few minutes of your day to care for your pool will keep it sparkling clean and efficient all year round. Plus, new swimming pool equipment is making owning a pool even easier. With automated operating systems, you can do almost everything from your smart device, whether it’s a phone or a tablet!

 

Swimming Pools Are Too Expensive

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about owning a pool is that they can’t afford one. While inground pools are not cheap, there are many payment options you can choose from in order to afford the pool of your dreams. Reputable pool builders will also work with you to make sure you stay within your budget. Plus, with the value you get in return, swimming pools are relatively inexpensive compared to other big-ticket purchases. Another perk is that swimming pools can add to the value of your home. So when it is time for you to move, you can list your home for a higher asking price, giving you a solid return on investment.

 

Swimming Pools Mean High Utility Bills

When you start with an efficient swimming pool and maintain it properly, your utility bills should not increase significantly. And like everything else, swimming pool equipment is becoming more and more energy-efficient, meaning you’ll see even less of an increase in operating costs than people who own pools that were previously built.

 

There’s Too Much Repair Work Involved

When your swimming pool is well-constructed using high-quality materials, repair work will be few and far between. And when you choose a pool builder that’s been around for a long time and stands by their work, like Tampa Bay Pools, if any repairs are ever needed it will be no hassle to you whatsoever.

Owning a pool is easy and affordable. A high-quality builder will help you stay within your budget while giving you the most for your money. They will also be there every step of the way for any questions you have and to assist wherever needed. At Tampa Bay Pools, we put our customers first and will always be dedicated to your complete satisfaction throughout your entire pool ownership experience.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

7 Smart Things to Know About Swimming Pool Quotes

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If you are considering new pool construction, you need to be prepared to consider numerous variables and look into all the available options. Since adding a pool to your Tampa Bay area home is a large project, it is important to take your time making the final decision. A very big part of this decision will be reviewing quotes from different pool builders. To help you out, here are 7 things to look for in swimming pool quotes.

  • Look into both the initial cost of pool installation and the overall cost of maintaining a pool over the span of the pool's life. While a lower-end quote might seem like a good deal, long-term maintenance costs can end up making it more expensive if it’s not well constructed.
  • Compare the quotes you obtain and eliminate quotes that seem exceptionally high or low. After looking at several pool companies you should have a general understanding of the average costs associated with new pool installation. A quote that comes in extremely high or low could be an indicator that the contractor cannot be trusted.
  • Find out if the quote includes the cost of insurance during installation. In most areas, the team hired to install your pool will need to be licensed and this may be reflected in your costs. If it is, ensure you are aware of this upfront.
  • Avoid pool contractors that are vague about any of the aspects of pool installation when providing you with a quote. Ask as many questions as you like and make sure that they understand what it is you are looking for.
  • Find out what features are included in the price quote that you receive. Some contractors may try to add on additional features that you are not really interested in. Stay focused on what you want, but pay attention to helpful advice and recommendations.
  • Understand how they came up with their price quote. A trusted pool contractor should be able to breakdown their quote and help you understand how they arrived at their final figure. Their quote should include a list of expected costs for the pool materials, equipment, and labor costs.
  • Finally, carefully compare all your options before choosing the company that you want to install your new pool. Don't simply choose a company based solely on the price tag. Look at all the advantages of each company; you may even get a company with a higher bid to price match a lower quote.

Keep all these tips in mind when you start your search for the right Tampa Bay pool company. Get a selection of swimming pool quotes and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each prospective builder, along with the overall price that you are quoted. A great place to start your search is at Tampa Bay Pools. We can talk to you about every available option and give you a clear picture of the best swimming pool for your backyard.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Elements of Great Pool Design

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Owning your very own backyard swimming pool is something that more and more people are deciding to turn into a reality. Not only is the swimming pool a great place to relax on a hot day, it also adds a sense of everyday fun and tranquility to your outdoor living space.

Even if you’re just thinking about a pool, coming up with the perfect design can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. There are so many options and decisions to make that it can start to make your head spin. From the basic shape to finishing touches, the almost unlimited possibilities mean your backyard swimming pool can be as unique as you are.

To help you get started with planning the perfect custom pool design, our design professionals at Tampa Bay Pools put together some of the most important design elements that go into creating a fun, functional, and beautiful swimming pool and outdoor living space.

 

Choosing the Right Tampa Bay Pool Builder

We look forward to discussing your backyard and what you might want out of your pool should you decide to build. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to anyone who just wants to test the water of pool ownership. This can even include a 3D rendering so you can what it would look like before construction begins.

 

The Basic Design Elements

The more educated and experienced your pool builder is in custom pool design, the better. Our award-winning designers at Tampa Bay Pools have a deep understanding of the many elements of basic design, including: lines, color, texture, rhythm, and balance.

A knowledgeable designer also understands the importance of having a poolscape that is as functional as it is beautiful. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that you understand how your outdoor living area is going to be used so we can design an entire backyard that matches the experience you want to create.

 

How Big Should My Pool Be?

The size of the pool will play an important role in its location, its features, and landscaping. How you intend to use your pool will typically be the primary factor when considering the size of your pool. A modest-sized swimming pool is ideal for homeowners who want a place to cool off on a hot day, while a large and extensive swimming pool is best for families who plan to dive, play, swim and entertain friends. There’s no set size for any pool and we can design a custom pool to fit in almost any size backyard.

 

Important Considerations When Planning a Pool

Any custom pool design has to also take into account the layout, slope, and other characteristics of your backyard that can have an impact on the actual construction of the pool. We will take careful measurements of where you would like to place the pool and take other issues into consideration such as:

  • Potential drainage issues
  • Sun exposure
  • Swales (low areas)
  • Underground utilities

From that point, your Clearwater pool builder will be able to suggest the best location for your swimming pool.

 

Choosing the Right Water Features

After the basic shape and design have been determined, then it’s time to think about what features you’d like with your pool. These can fall into one of two categories — functional or focal.

Functional features will be items like an automatic pool cover, lighting elements, in-ground cleaning systems, and smart controlled water systems. Focal features are those which allow your pool design to be transformed into your ultimate oasis such as deck jets, a water slide, a custom spa, sheer descents, and a customized rocky grotto waterfall.

 

Adding Outdoor Living Elements

Many homeowners not only want a swimming pool, but they also want to create a cohesive design that flows from the back door out to the pool area. This turns your entire backyard into a custom poolscape that transports you to your own private paradise. In addition to creating a tiled or stonework area that extends to the back deck or patio, we can also include:

  • Pergolas
  • Roof extensions
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Fire features and fire pits
  • Outdoor living rooms
  • Custom landscaping

 

Experience the Tampa Bay Pools Difference

At Tampa Bay Pools, we know the number one element of great pool design is the customer. Our team of experienced designers know that the best designs are in the details, and we work with our customers to make sure that your outdoor living area delivers everything you dreamed of and more.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Brandon, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.